Conflict & Justice

Granting Assange Asylum is 'Political Theater' Says Former Ambassador

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A supporter of Ecuador's President Rafael Correa holds a banner showing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Main Square in Quito August 20, 2012. Dozens of people gathered in the main square to show their support for the Ecuadorian government's decision to grant political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The banner reads, "Without true freedom of expression there is no Sovereignty". REUTERS/Gary Granja (ECUADOR - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

John Maisto served as a US ambassador to Nicaragua and Venezuela. He tells host Marco Werman that Ecuador's decision to grant asylum to Julian Assange and the Latin American backing for that decision is in large part political theater.

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